How I Use It
I used it during my math workshop. So every day I had 12 kids total (4 for each rotation) on the computers during the game time so that they were getting engaging extra practice and the game group was smaller and quieter.
It was also a resource to share with families if their students needed extra practice.
It is a good resource for students to practice math skills and learn new ones. The kids were really engaged and it was a great improvement when dreambox gave teachers access to close down the carnival during school hours. The more math activities you do, the more tokens you get to play more fun games at the carnival, so it was nice to have kids focused more on the actual math when working on it at school. They take pretests to see what levels they are at and how they are working through the material. I felt that the pretests did not accurately show the advanced nature of some of my mathematicians within the classroom. I wanted to be able to adapt the skills kids were working on in class to what they were practicing on dreambox. Also they tell you when a student is working "inefficiently" so you can sit down with them and see if they are just goofing around or if they are having trouble with a concept. You can printout reports on what levels students are each working at-though I never found that very helpful. It was nice that students could access it at home or school.